The best things in life are free, in Yamagata that means the great outdoors. Walking, hiking and bike rides are all excellent ways to explore the local area and enjoy the sights sounds and smells of the Japanese countryside. Monkeys, deer, bears and other wild animals are regularly spotted locally.
Day hikes in the local mountains or longer trips in Yamagata's higher mountains such as the Asahi range are available.
Bikes are available to borrow for free.